Horace Mann PTSA Presents Reflections

Each year, the National PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme. Our PTSA is sponsoring children from our school to participate in this annual national cultural arts competition. 

We'd like to encourage every child from Kindergarten through 5th grade to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original art. Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. 


2019-2020 Theme: "Look Within" 


The theme is determined by National PTA from student submissions.  If you would like to participate in the theme search, please contact reflections@mannptsa.org for a form.  The due date for submitting a theme search entry is TBD. Entries are to be emailed to support@wastatepta.org or mailed to the WSPTA office at the address listed on their website. This is not a postmarked date.


Here is How The Contest Works: 
  • Each PTSA launches a contest at the local school level. All artwork is judged and a percentage of the entries will then advance to the District contest.
  • Due Date for all student entries at Mann Elementary is October 25.
  • District entries are then judged in November and winners at the District level are then advanced to the State competition in January.
  • State winners are then submitted to the National competition.

Participation in Reflections is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division. This allows recognition and judging of artworks by appropriate developmental age and skill levels. The grade divisions at Mann Elementary are: 

Only original works of art are accepted.


Art Categories

  • Dance Choreography. Ballet, contemporary, ethnic and folk, hip hop, jazz and tap. Entrant must be the choreographer and may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be.
  • Film Production. Accepted forms include: Animation, narrative, documentary, experimental, or a media presentation (PowerPoint is prohibited). Entrant must be the director, screenwriter, and camera person including all story boarding and editing.
  • Literature. Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, drama (screen play and play script), reflective essay, narrative, and short story.
  • Music Composition. All instruments, sounds, styles and combinations are accepted. Copyrighted material is prohibited. The composer may be the performer, or one of the performers, but does not have to be. Notation, score or tablature required for middle and high school division. **Music videos are not accepted**
  • Photography. Accepted forms of photography include: A single photo; a variety of digital editing techniques such as multiple exposure, negative sandwich or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. Entrant must be the one to take the photograph. NEW: Print image may not be smaller than 3″ x 5″ and no larger than 8″ x 10″. Print should be mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11″ x 14″.
  • Visual Arts. Accepted forms include: Collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, drawing, painting and printmaking. No wood, metal, plastic, glass or framed canvas. Entries should be mounted on foam core, sturdy cardboard, mat board or other rigid materials. NEW: Entry may not exceed 24″ x 30″ and 1/2″ thickness, including matting/mounting material.




Please make sure you get your official form from the office (after TBD) or email the Reflections Chair directly for the official form.  Any forms printed from entrants themselves will not be valid.

Dates to Remember

  • October 25: All student entries are due by 3pm
  • TBD: Mann Art Exhibition and Award Ceremony
  • TBD: District Reception - art from all schools within our district will be on display

All students will be recognized for their submissions. Winning entries advancing to the District level will also receive special recognition and be announced by the PTSA Presidents and School Principal. 

Additional questions can be sent to the Reflections Chair at reflections@mannptsa.org. See also the Lake Washington PTSA website for more info. 


We look forward to seeing projects from your students! 




Serving the Families of Horace Mann Elementary School:
17001 N.E. 104th ST., Redmond, WA 98052
 (425) 936-2610


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